India raised the issue of the dependent tax with Saudi government

Vastavam web:  India has raised with the Saudi government the issue of the dependent tax, imposed on expatriates who have dependents living there, from July 1, the Lok Sabha was informed today.Replying to a written question, Minister of State for External Affairs M J Akbar maintained that this is not an India-specific issue. However, it needs to be seen whether the annual increase in tax would adversely impact the resident Indian families, he added.Akbar also noted that the resident Indian community in Saudi Arabia has also marginally increased during the last one year and is estimated at 3.03 million in March.

Beginning July 1, the Saudi government has imposed the tax at the rate of Saudi Riyal (SR) 100 (Rs 1,700 approx) per month on each dependent, he said.The dependent tax will be increased to SR 200 in 2018, SR 300 in 2019 and SR 400 in 2020 per dependent member of the expatriate family, Akbar added.